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Tobias Klich
Tobias Klich

Today, after the closing concert of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2013, the winner of the Gaudeamus Prize 2013 was announced. From the thirteen nominees, the international jury consisting of Peter Adriaansz (NL), Annelies van Parys (BE) and Dmitri Kourliandski (RU) unanimously chose Tobias Klich (1983) from Germany. The award was presented by jury member Peter Adriaansz. Abel Paúl (1984, Spain) and Emre Kaleli (1987, Turkey) received an honorable mention for their submitted work. In total, more than 200 compositions were submitted for the Gaudeamus Prize 2013.

The Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the international festival for new music, is a meeting place for a lot of young composers. Over the past week, all thirteen nominated compositions were performed during the festival. The winning piece - Grüntrübe Ritornelle beim Verlassen des Territoriums - for prepared, amplified guitar and electronics was performed by Klich himself on Friday 6 September in Vredenburg Leeuwenberg. The piece by Abel Paúl - The end of lines - for 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, alt saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, celesta, harpsichord and cello was performed Saturday 7 September by Insomnio in the Geertekerk. And Il voto dell'innocenza for 2 clarinets (or 2 soprano saxophones), sine waves, midi keyboard, piano, percussion, electric guitar, double bass (or electric bass with e-bow) by Emre Kaleli was performed Tuesday 3 September by Ensemble Modelo62 in RASA.

Jury and prize
The jury said about Tobias Klich: "He is a true narrative composer, who has maximum expressive potential, which grabs you immediately, has a consistent technical approach, well thought of highly sophisticated gorgeous sounds". The Gaudeamus Prize consists of € 4,550 intended as a commission for a new work to be performed at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014. For many composers this prize means international recognition and a stepping stone to start off their careers. Composers with an honorable mention are invited to return next year and submit a new or recent (uncommissioned) work to be performed at the festival.

Tobias Klich
Tobias Klich was born in 1983 in Jena (Germany). He went to the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belverdere in Weimar. After that he studied composition and guitar at the Hocheschule für Müsik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar. Presently, he works as a composer, sound artist, and guitarist. His pieces are performed by well-known ensemble en orchestras at various different festivals for contemporary music, such as the Frankfurter Positionen and Klangwerkstatt Berlin. In 2010 Klich won the Bremen Composers Prize.

Gaudeamus Academy: new setup Gaudeamus Prize 2014
Gaudeamus Prize. As of 2014 only five composers younger than 30 years will be eligible for the Prize. Intense collaboration with these five composers will take place beforehand at the ‘Gaudeamus Academy’. During the Muziekweek 2014 additional works in other instrumentations by those selected will also be programed. Thus these composers will no longer be judged on the basis of a single work, but will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate more aspects of their musical talent. More than before the Muziekweek will be a showcase for them, so that audiences and the international and professional field can get a broad overview of their work. The prize of 4,550 euros in the form of a commission for a new composition for the following Muziekweek will be continued.

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